Innovative Audio/Maxwell Suite

what's wrong with this picture? (hint: it's not that suit)

The Innovative Audio Maxwell Suite housed an interesting digital setup consisting of the Meridian Control 15 Digital Media System ($7,500), Meridian Media Source 600 ($3,500), Meridian Media Core 200 ($4,000), dCS Puccini CD/SACD player/DAC ($18,000), and the dCS Puccini U-Clock ($5,500). While you can use the Meridian Control or Source products as stand-alone units, you can also connect them through their SpeakerLink ports which is an Ethernet variant allowing control from a central device, in this case the Control 15 or the Meridian iPad app. Since the SpeakerLink technology uses RJ45 “ethernet-style” cables you can distribute the system around a room as they did in the Maxwell Suite.

The Control or Source products include 500GB of internal storage and the Control 15 also houses a drive for ripping CDs into your library. In terms of connectivity we have the Media Source 600 which acts as the Meridian distribution center and connects to the Internet via Ethernet through your router and to the dCS Puccini U-Clock which is then connected to the Puccini CD/SACD player/DAC.

Scott Haggart of Innovative does not part his hair (I really blew it with pictures in the Innovative room coming away with nary a single useable photo of a Meridian piece except for that tiny sliver of the Media Source 600 in the bottom right corner. I'll just say I was distracted by more important things)

The rest of system consisted of the VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference preamplifier ($20,000), VTL MB-450 Series III Signature monoblock amplifiers ($18,000/pair) driving the Wilson Sasha W/P ($27,900/pair). The analog front end was the Spiral Groove SG2 turntable with a Centroid tonearm ($20,000), Lyra Kleos MC cartridge ($3,000) and the VTL TP-6.5 Signature with MC step-up transformer ($10,000).

I'd also like to mention that Innovative Audio had another room which was for silent product display but more importantly served as a place to meet designers like Dan D'Agostino. It was also a great place where interested parties could go and discuss the system in the Maxwell Suite without bothering the listeners. Thoughtful.

But that's not all. Innovative Audio also hosted a few parties after the show at their retail location and while I did not attend, some people in audio have seemingly boundless energy, I heard many positive reports. I'd suggest that Innovative Audio handled this show exceedingly well in terms of participating in the Show and offering in-store events. A win win all around. Bravo.

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